‘No proof’ fitness trackers promote weight loss

‘No proof’ fitness trackers promote weight loss

Image copyright Thinkstock Wearing an activity device that counts how many steps you have taken does not appear to improve the chances of losing weight, research suggests. The two-year long study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) included nearly 500 overweight volunteers who were asked to diet and take more exercise. Half […]

‘No proof’ fitness trackers promote weight loss

‘No proof’ fitness trackers promote weight loss

Image copyright Thinkstock Wearing an activity device that counts how many steps you have taken does not appear to improve the chances of losing weight, research suggests. The two-year long study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) included nearly 500 overweight volunteers who were asked to diet and take more exercise. Half […]

NHS doctors told to declare income from private work

NHS doctors told to declare income from private work

Image copyright PA NHS doctors in England are to be made to declare their income from private work, under plans to boost transparency and avoid conflicts of interest NHS England chairman Sir Malcolm Grant, who led a review on the issue, told the Times the details should be published in a hospital register from April. […]

Smoking rates in England fall to lowest on record

Smoking rates in England fall to lowest on record

Image copyright PA Image caption In 2015 there were 7.2 million smokers in England Smoking rates in England have fallen to the lowest on record, Public Health England (PHE) has said. In 2015, 16.9% of adults described themselves as smokers, compared with 19.3% in 2012. Experts say the decrease may be partly thanks to the […]

NHS watchdog issues sexting advice

NHS watchdog issues sexting advice

Image copyright Thinkstock An NHS watchdog has issued advice about sexting to help professionals spot the difference between “normal” sexual experimentation and harmful sexual behaviour among children and teens. Sexting (sending explicit messages or images via text) is a worry and must be monitored, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. It says […]

Green spaces worth £2.2bn to public health in England

Green spaces worth £2.2bn to public health in England

Image caption Enjoying the great outdoors has been shown in studies to improve people’s wellbeing, including mental health Outdoor exercise delivers an estimated £2.2bn of health benefits to adults in England each year, a study suggests. Scientists calculated that more than eight million people each week took at least 30 minutes of “green exercise”. They […]

Food ‘traffic light’ labelling should be mandatory, councils say

Food ‘traffic light’ labelling should be mandatory, councils say

Image copyright PA Food manufacturers should be forced to put “traffic light” nutrition labels on the front of packs, councils have said. The voluntary scheme, introduced by the Department of Health in 2013, sees foods highlighted as red, amber or green according to how much salt, sugar and fat they contain. But the labels do […]

Cervical screening ‘could save hundreds more lives’

Cervical screening ‘could save hundreds more lives’

Image copyright Science Photo Library The lives of hundreds more cervical cancer patients could be saved if all those eligible went for screening, says a study published in the British Journal of Cancer. Nearly 2,000 women’s lives are saved as a result of cervical cancer screening in England each year, the report found. Researchers from […]

Choosing Wisely aims for doctor-patient ‘culture shift’

Choosing Wisely aims for doctor-patient ‘culture shift’

Image caption ‘Doctor knows best’ – Dr Finlay’s Casebook, medical drama from the 1960s, depicted a traditional doctor-patient relationship Patients in Wales are being urged to take more control of decisions about the care and treatments they receive, as part of a new medical movement. Choosing Wisely Wales aims for a more equal doctor-patient relationship. […]

Merseyside specialist hospital first to be rated ‘outstanding’

Merseyside specialist hospital first to be rated ‘outstanding’

Image copyright LHCH Image caption The trust’s “innovative projects” and “collaborative working” were praised A heart and chest hospital has become the first specialist hospital in the country to be rated “outstanding” by the health watchdog. Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is “of exceptional quality”, the Care Quality Commission chief inspector of […]